Last year while here on vacation we splurged one night and stayed at the very Americanized Gamboa Rainforest Resort. There our room had a pretty white croched hammock hanging on the balcony of the room. The balcony overlooked the Gamboa Rainforest full of creature sounds such as monkeys, geikos, birds and more. While Clyde was still dealing with the luggage I had already plopped by butt down in the hammock and was swinging in the breeze. I knew at that momemt that if and when we ever moved to Panama, we would most certainly have to have hammocks.
This is the Gamboa Rainforest Resort
First stop was a local ferreteria (hardware store) where Clyde attempted to ask in Spanish for the thingies to hang the hammocks. The hammock salesmen said they were called "ganchos de hamacas."
The young man at the ferreteria quickly took care of him and got him the supplies. Then Clyde thought he should also get some rope since the area in between the posts where the hammocks would go on the house was longer than the hammocks. Here's where things got tricky when Clyde asked how much a foot for the rope? The young man looked confused and said "litre." Rope is Panama is sold by weight......it was $5.00 for one litre of rope. The man pulled out a large scale and weighed out a liter of rope to show Clyde.
Off we went back to the house to hang the hammocks. Clyde immediately went to work on it. The ganchos went into the posts, the rope tied onto that to extend the distance and then he carefully knotted the rope and told me to try it out. I asked "is that knot strong enough to hold me?" "Sure, he exclaimed." So in I went and down I went to the ground hammock and all! The hammock and my butt fell to the ground and I landed in the flower bed which cushioned my fall. At that moment he realized that he did NOT have the right type of knot and proceeded to tie it again. It took us a while to get the height of the hammocks just right but on any further attempts it was Clyde that sat in it first and not me.
Another lesson learned, a few more Spanish words added to our vocabulary as every experience is a new one living abroad here in beautiful Panama!